(Preached on Sunday morning, June 1, 2008 in Adjamé then in Anyama, near Abidjan - Ivory Coast)
1 Watch this picture! This picture is on the last page of the circular letter of January, 1973 with the same inscription [Ed: Brother Philippe shows a picture to the congregation]. This photograph was taken in December, 1972, during a meeting in Sikensi, Ivory Coast. And we can see on this picture: Ewald Frank, Alexis Barilier and Alex Baranowski, among several Branhamist leaders of Ivory Coast. This is what I want to talk about this morning and my subject is: We have seen his star! Amen!
2 Brethren, know that the original Christianity can only be a return to Eden, where man fell in order to lift him up forever! In the Beginning, it was not polygamy! God took only one rib from Adam and with that rib, he formed only one woman and when the serpent dishonoured her, God did not dare to replace her or to form another for Adam! But polygamy is mentioned in Genesis 4 as one of the acts that the sons of the devil performed on earth. Look at these pairs of doves, these pairs of animals, all the nature teaches that polygamy has never been an original institution of God! It is a great-grandson of Cain who did that! [Ed: The congregation says, "Amen!"]. You can come here with two or three wives but from the moment when you have known this Message and you have received your baptism, you can no longer ever have two wives. And if a Brother does that, it can never be accepted in this Message even in ten or twenty years.
3 And I said that after seven months of conjugal life, if a man lies more than three times in the week with his wife, he has to confess! You see?
4 Well, I come to my subject: We have seen his star... For that purpose, I am going to read in Matthew 2:1-2… "Now Jesus having been born in Bethlehem of Judaea, in the days of Herod the king, behold magi from the east arrived at Jerusalem, saying where is the king of the Jews that has been born? For we have seen his star in the east, and have come to do Him homage".
5 Well, the God of Israel had really used Korah, Dathan and Abiram in the desert but their error, it was to go against Moses and to think that they could be equal to Moses. Yet, to be equal to Moses and make God accept that, that is what should not be tried. And that, a prophet named Balaam had not understood it! The God of Israel really used to speak to him and he thought that he was the prophet messenger of his time but as Moses approached, when he saw Moses, he had to give way and keep quiet like John the Baptist! But he did not understand that and influenced by money and by his popularity and past reputation, he went against Moses!
6 And it was that Balaam who prophesied that a star would come out of Jacob! Balaam said in Numbers 24:17, "I shall see him, but not now; I shall behold him, but not nigh: There shall come a star out of Jacob, and a sceptre shall rise out of Israel, and he shall cut in pieces the corners of Moab, and destroy all the sons of tumult." And that was taught from generation to generation! You see?
7 When even Balaam took the wrong way, God's Word in his mouth was always the truth. And as Balaam, apart from the African horseman whom William Branham spoke about, how many Africans did not announce that the Almighty God would give one day a sign to Africa! But instead of waiting for that, they are already in Jerusalem with the chief priests. So how will they see that sign?
8 Now, observe this: when the magi saw the star, they let themselves led by this star as the Pillar of Fire had led the Jews in the desert. These magi only knew that Jerusalem was the holiest and the most spiritual place on earth and that the God of Heavens had caused his name to dwell there!
9 Jerusalem, it was all what there was of more spiritual and holiest on the earth. More spiritual and holier than Vatican City! And it is in Jerusalem that the biggest biblical institutes should be looked for and if God has to fulfill a work on earth it could not be in a city other one than Jerusalem, the city of David.
10 And when the magi saw that the constellation had taken the direction of Jerusalem … at first, they had followed the star very well but when they caught sight of Jerusalem, they said to themselves, "glory to our God! Thank God, we have reached it!!!". They entered Jerusalem but the star did not get in! The star could not get in! And once in Jerusalem, they realized that the star had disappeared, they said, "We have reached it, what remains to us, it is to find the maternity hospital!" But much to their surprise, time goes on and nothing. They do not understand anymore. And they began to ask everyone so much so that the piece of news reached the chief priests who in turn, informed King Herod while they were at table with him. Three magi were in search of the King of Jews who would have been born under a heavenly sign!
11 The Bible says that Herod and all the Christianity, that is to say, Jerusalem were troubled by it! You see? Once, shepherds had told them of a certain song of Angels and they said it was because of their pastoral school, because of their churches or then it was because of the message of a certain prophet who had just arrived in Jerusalem. But here, Magi came from the East and talk to them of a sign they had seen there. Once it was the shepherds and now they are the Magi. Herod and Jerusalem were troubled. You see?
12 Now, what happened? When the magi saw Jerusalem, they approached the chief priests to know what it was! They were so sure that they asked, "Where is the King of the Jews that has been born?" But all these Jews filled with the Holy Spirit and who remained in the Word of God knew nothing about it! Also, when the shepherds reported the singing of the Angels to them, they knew nothing about it! The shepherds could say, "Is it not a supernatural work of God? We have called to mind that when God created Adam, the Angels sang throughout the lands of Eden! Has a child not been born in this neighbouring country?" They said, "No, none! There is one but it is the son of an illiterate farmer who does not attend any church! The name of the farmer is Kacou Daniel and the name of his wife is Marie". You see? Jerusalem went about its numerous worthless businesses! And having come to the streets, the magi wanted to make inquiries but people were so much in a hurry so they would not to be late to work, to their trade, to the meeting of prayer or to sessions of rehearsals of the choir! Exactly like their great grandparents had done at the time of Noah.
13 When the priests heard that, they looked at the sky from one end to another and having seen nothing, they said, "You should simply say that you saw a star! It is to us the priests to indicate that it relates to the birth of the King of the Jews or not. In that, you have not been wise". Other priests said, "It's nothing particular, it is by emotion that you thought so. It is just a big star. And when you were walking, you got the impression that it moved. It is nothing!"
14 Then the magi realized that they had made a mistake by leaving the star. [Ed: The congregation says, "Amen!"]. The magi had nevertheless well started! Like Moses and Israel in the desert, the star was their absolute! When the star went fast, they went fast, when the star turned, they turned! When the star stopped, they stopped! It was their absolute! An absolute always alive! The absolute of the sons of God is always alive! When a man is dead, whatever his greatness, he cannot be the absolute of a living person! [Ed: The congregation says, "Amen!"].
15 When the Jews were getting out of Egypt, including the sons of the devil, they all said, "Our absolute is the prophet! It is Moses!" But God saw their heart. There was no Bible or scroll yet and they were obliged to say as the sons of God that their absolute was the prophet living amongst them! But God knew that, the same way some angels did not submit themselves to Him in the Heaven because He is an Angel like them, the sons of the devil would never submit themselves to a prophet living amongst them, because this prophet is a man like them! When they said "Our absolute is Moses, the living prophet amongst us!" God knew in the Heaven that it was a lie. ¶The sons of the devil cannot accept a living person as an absolute. And then the angel of death rose but God said to him, "Leave them alone! At the appointed time, they will be separated". [Ed: The congregation says, "Amen!"].
16 The sons of the devil prefer a book for absolute as their fathers always preferred fetishes, objects for absolute. A son of the devil can have a piece of iron for absolute, he can have an object for absolute and in the same way, God knew that one day a book was going to be their absolute. They prefer dead prophets because of their zeal for spiritualism which is much seen here in Africa. That is why, as soon as Moses died, they said, "We are of Moses! Our absolute, it is the scroll of Moses," that is to say the five books of Moses. And this demon has been working on the earth until today! When Isaiah was speaking, they said, "Our absolute is the Bible. We do not believe in a man! We believe in the Bible!" When John the Baptist was speaking, they said, "Our absolute is the Bible. We don’t believe in anything else!" And the sons of the devil who were there shouted, "AMEN!" And John the Baptist did not know what to say! Oh the prophets have so suffered! In the lifetime of a prophet, he establishes sons of God around him but when he is not there, they are the sons of the devil who seize the priesthood in order to corrupt any way of Salvation. You see?
17 When the magi had abandoned the star, they were now with the priests and the Pharisees and the Sadducees and those ones spent their time explaining to the magi how the passage of the Red Sea with Moses had been glorious and that Moses had done this, Moses had done that in Egypt. And that such prophet had done this, such prophet had done that. They were explaining history. They deployed the scrolls, showed this, showed that. All that! Instead of asking the magi to speak to them about the living star and all that they saw over there. For them, pagan magi did not have anything to teach them. And if God had to speak to the earth, it is through them the priests, the most spiritual on the earth. You see the pride which is repeated today? And instead of listening to these small men who found the star in this time that we are living, instead of saying to these small men, "Speak to us about Prophet Kacou Philippe. Who is he? What new thing has he brought? How did this great vision of April 24, 1993 happen? We want to understand. We want to know". Instead of that, they tell stories: Jesus did this, such apostle did that, so on… They are sons of the devil. And it is history which is repeating itself. ¶[Ed: The congregation says, "Amen!"].
18 But what these great rabbis could not do, a pagan had done it. You see? King Herod had done it but with an evil intention. He had asked the magi to tell him since when the star appeared and all these things. But the scribes and the Pharisees and all those ones did not know anything of it. You see? These great pastors, these reverends, these bishops had not had this idea because of their pride. And that is what is still happening today on the earth while God has brought back again the living star which moves for the Salvation of humanity. [Ed: The congregation says, "Amen!"].
19 Now, listen to this: It is true that the Bible says that the star would appear but if the magi took for absolute the same Bible which told them that a star would come out of Jacob, they would never find the goal that they were looking for! But their absolute, their guide and reference was the living star! They walked with the star, they spoke with the star and the star answered them and the presence and the atmosphere of the star were very good! [Ed: The congregation says, "Amen!"].
20 The Bible is the testimony of the absolute because the prophet is the absolute that God has given to men! 2 Chronicles 20:20, Hosea 12:14 and Amos 3:7 do not say to trust a Bible or in a prophet who is already dead.
21 Now, for Branhamists, let us take the circular letter of January, 1973, on the back page, there is a picture. And beneath the picture, it is written, "Picture taken in December, 1972, during a meeting in Sikensi, in Ivory Coast. You see Ewald Frank, Alexis Barilier and Alex Baranowski on it, among the servants of God of that country," What is it? The same three magi here in Jerusalem with the Branhamist chief priests and having for absolute the scrolls of a prophet who is already dead, William Branham! [Ed: The congregation says, "Amen!"]. Like the magi of the East, those Branhamists were so close to the purpose but they confided in priests who knew nothing of it themselves.
22 Now, notice this: the Singing of the Angels was heard outside of Jerusalem by shepherds who came to inform the chief priests! Also, the star appeared to magi instead of appearing to the priests! Why does God do that, to the point of putting shame on his servants, the priests? It is to say that the Word of God does not come to a priest. And today, the apostles, the prophets of churches, the evangelists, teachers, pastors and all those you see, are the priesthood in the new Covenant. So powerful be an apostle, a prophet of church, evangelist, teacher or pastor or reverend or bishop, the Word of God cannot come to him. You see? Jesus Christ was the Word of God and when He came on the earth, He went towards John the Baptist who was a prophet. The priesthood must echo what the living prophet of his time says.
23 And today, if you are an apostle, prophet of church, evangelist, teacher, bishop, pastor, so on…, you can serve God only if you echo what Prophet Kacou Philippe says. [Ed: The congregation says, "Amen!"]. And it's the same today with the Catholic, Protestant, evangelical and Branhamist leaders for what God is doing here. And when it is so, the chief priests are quick to reject that! And on April 24, 1993, the Angel of the Lord comes down! The Angel of God descends and comes and speaks to a small pagan who has never opened a Bible! But does it happen to God to change his way of doing? No, because He is the same yesterday, today and to the ages to come! [Ed: The congregation says, "Amen!"].
24 The song of the Angels goes to the poor small shepherds who do not know anything about God instead of going to the priests. ¶The star goes to the poor small magi who do not know anything about God instead of going to the priests.¶ And on April 24, 1993, the Angel and the Lamb go to a small illiterate over there in the regions of Ivory Coast instead of going towards the Catholic, Protestant, evangelical and Branhamist chief priests. [Ed: The congregation says, "Amen!"].
25 Well, how many of you believe that the Word of God in my mouth, me, Prophet Kacou Philippe, is as infallible with the same value as those of Isaiah, Jeremiah and all the prophets of the Bible? Even if I had to say this and that I say that… and that now I come back and say this, have I failed? [Ed: The congregation says, "No!"]. The revelation is very hard but God gives it to those for whom it is destined.
26 Now! Why were the magi progressing? The magi were progressing because they had a living guide, a living absolute! And we want a living absolute for Amos 3:7 does not say that God does nothing without having first revealed his secret to the priests who are the ministries of Ephesians 4:11 today but God does nothing, but He reveals his secrets to his servants the living prophets [Ed: The congregation says, "Amen!"]. If God wants to do something today, He will not go to reveal that to Martin Luther in his tomb in Germany over there, He will not go to reveal that to William Branham at the cemetery of Jeffersonville. But He will reveal it to Prophet Kacou Philippe living and walking amongst you. [Ed: The congregation says, "Amen!"].¶ And having no prophet to speak to the magi, God sends them not a Bible but a star! You see? Even if there is no prophet on earth for five hundred years, God will never reveal his Word to a priest, an apostle, prophet, a teacher, pastor or evangelist! [Ed: The congregation says, "Amen!"]. And when a prophet leaves the earth, it is the star that stopped and as long as you stop there, you are in the perfect will of God and God is with you. When a prophet leaves the earth, stop there where he left you until you see another star coming out of Jacob! [Ed: The congregation says, "Amen!"].
27 How can the absolute of a man who is alive today, be a dead one? How can the absolute of somebody who is alive be the book of Isaiah who died 2800 years ago? The absolute of these magi was a star in motion! If tons of scrolls were given to the magi, they would not be able to take a single step forward and all their effort will only take them away from God! That is why, in spite of the scrolls that were there, God sent them a star, a living absolute! [Ed: The congregation says, "Amen!"].
28 When you want to make it without prophet, you will read religious books of all kinds, you will fast a lot, you will pray a lot but each one of all these things will only keep filling you with demons and moving you away from God and you will have ten times more dreams than a prophet! [Ed: The congregation says, "Amen!"].
29 To close, let us read verses 9 and 10 of Matthew chapter 2. I read it… "And they having heard the king went their way; and, the star, which they had seen in the east, went before them until it came and stood over the place where the little child was. And when they saw the star they rejoiced with exceeding great joy." [Ed: The congregation says, "Amen!"]. I like this last sentence, I like it! You see? The Bible says that they went their way and when they went out of Jerusalem, they saw the star again! The Bible says that when they saw again the star that they had seen in the East, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. They no longer lost sight of the star until it came to stand over the place where the little child was. Amen! When they left the priests, the churches, Jerusalem and all that, they saw the star and when they saw the star, they rejoiced with an exceeding great joy. You see? You cannot see the star inside this demonic Christianity, of these Catholic, Protestant, evangelical and Branhamist churches, inside these missions and ministries. You cannot see the star in this kingdom of Satan but you must get out of there. [Ed: The congregation says, "Amen!"].
30 Brethren, always keep your eyes on the star and you will never get out of God's perfect will! Have all the scrolls of the prophets that you want and read them but let your absolute always be the living star of your generation! If the star goes on the right, go right! If the star goes left, go left! If the star forwards, move ahead with it. But do not say, "But Isaiah says this, Paul said that!" No, move ahead with the star! Like in the beginning with Moses, we were numerous to come out of the East but there are here the wise who follow the star and those who do not follow it! It is true that they got happy when they saw the little child but the Bible says that when they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy! And I may imagine myself this great joy that they felt. And here is the joy that humanity would have felt if they did not confide in Catholic, Protestant, evangelical and Branhamist churches today. Here is the joy the Branhamists would have felt if they had not moved forward when the star stopped on December 24, 1965. And he that has wisdom to understand let him understand.